VicLUG was at the Westshore Train Show and our resident trainhead, James, designed an outstanding display. The train show was on hiatus for a few years until last year, so this time around I feel we really shook the rust off and knocked it out of the park. Along with James and Peter’s trains, there was James, Ted’s and my own buildings and street ephemera. I haven’t made too many buildings but my contributions were the cluster that included the red clock tower, the green bank building ( new for this show! ) and the gingerbread house, along with the newly created wrought iron fencing.
Couple of players hacking a bench
That is the one word answer as to why I’ve been neglecting my Lego hobby. I’ve kept up maintenance on a local front, been active with my Lug but really have let a lot of other stuff slide. I’m about 6 months into playing and think that I’ve hit a good pace, and with our show season kicked into gear I’m back into the bricks too.
Since LU closed I really have not been playing many games. The occasional TT game, started Aquaria again on my tablet, Star Command, but really nothing has come close to capturing my attention. Until this game. For those who don’t know about it, Ingress is an augmented reality game that uses google maps as it’s backbone, in fact it’s a pet project by Google. It’s essentially capture the flag with an X-files backstory twist. If you are familiar with geocaching or other gps augmented reality games then this will make a lot more sense. If not, imagine a game where it exists wherever you go… outside. There’s very little you can do in the game from your home, all of the game happens on location.
I’ve always been fond of the great outdoors, and quite fond of my city, it was not hard to immerse myself in this game. I’m not so sure I can recommend this game to anyone though as this game’s particular’s experience is hinged on your location, which includes the amount of people playing in the area and most importantly… the kind of people! You don’t know when you start necessarily how many people are on either side, let alone what kind of people they are. I’ve been pretty lucky where I am, felt I picked the right side ( blue or green ) and the people playing locally are mostly great on both sides.
What I found was a sense of exploration ( often a bit subversively ), building mammoth constructs, smashing up a storm, espionage and a pretty amazing community. Sound at all familiar? If you loved LU, have an Android or iPhone, you might want to check this out.
I’m getting back to regularly scheduled posts this week, but wanted to let y’all know where I’ve been. If you have any questions about his game let me know!
Hey all :) I am very behind on my posts here, been playing catchup with stuff on all fronts. I’m going to endeavour to plow through it all, but there is one pressing matter that I wanted to go over first.
As many of you probably already know there is another LU project underway that has made some serious traction, and has created some friction. In part, because of the fractures I won’t be putting my weight behind either camp at the moment. It is almost poetic though, how Crux blew up into many fragments, it’s as if history is repeating with this new iteration of the Universe being torn apart by it’s own Maelstrom. I hope that the positive power of building something amazing will take root and the involved parties stop wasting their amazing energies on conflicts and put it towards creation.
Also, please be aware that I do consider myself to be upholding my original contract with TLG. I have in the past put forward requests to release certain pieces of media that I thought would be of interest to readers here and those requests were considered though politely and intelligently turned down because to show the public this sort of information could help competitors learn how TLG creates projects. My loyalties are with the fans and hobbyists but I have a good relationship to this day with the Community team and have no interest in doing anything that is contrary to their efforts. I hope that you continue to see me as a liaison between the two worlds, just as was the original intent of the LUP program and understand why I won’t be releasing any information to these projects despite how invaluable I realize they might be for them.
If one or both becomes stable and productive then I will be happy to do what I can to help out!
Here’s a real great Lego train kickstarter that has a bit of time left to get in on it. It looks to be an extremely high quality product.
On April 30th, LEGO CUUSOO’s beta period ended, and has now became LEGO Ideas:
Today we are happy to invite you to join LEGO Ideas; a continuation of the former LEGO CUUSOO experience, more closely integrated with the LEGO experience online.
In the fall of 2008, CUUSOO Systems and the LEGO Group teamed up to launch the LEGO CUUSOO crowdsourcing experiment. Initially, the site was only available in Japanese. But the promising results from the pilot led to the launch of the international LEGO CUUSOO beta site in the fall of 2011. The LEGO Group is very happy to announce that the partnership with CUUSOO Systems, has been such a success that we have decided to integrate the CUUSOO concept more closely into the LEGO experience called LEGO Ideas. We are grateful for the many years of collaboration and experimentation between our two companies and wish CUUSOO Systems continued success, building CUUSOO as an open crowdsourcing platform for brands to connect with their fans on cuusoo.com.
All projects, supports, comments, profiles, and other data from LEGO CUUSOO have been automatically migrated to LEGO Ideas. You can sign in to LEGO Ideas with a LEGO ID, find your old LEGO CUUSOO account, and connect to it after clicking a confirmation link we will send you via email. You will need access to the email address associated with your LEGO CUUSOO account in order to access your old profile and projects on LEGO Ideas.
The LEGO CUUSOO domain will redirect to LEGO Ideas for 6 months. During that time, this blog will remain online as an archive and links to your projects on LEGO CUUSOO will automatically redirect to your project pages on LEGO Ideas. We recommend you update links to your projects because after November 1, 2014, all links to LEGO CUUSOO will stop redirecting.
What’s different on LEGO Ideas?
- Your project now has one year from the day you post it to reach 10,000 supporters. Projects that don’t reach 10,000 supporters within 365 days of being posted will automatically expire and no longer accept new supporters. If this happens, you’re welcome to re-submit the project and work to gain 10,000 fresh supporters again within a one year period. Projects carried over from LEGO CUUSOO will keep their existing supporters and have until May 1st, 2015 to qualify.
- If you are between 13-18 years old you can now create and submit projects. If your project reaches 10,000 supporters, we will require written permission from a parent or legal guardian before your project is considered in the LEGO Review.
- Introducing “Clutch Power.” As you participate on LEGO Ideas, you will earn points and badges that become your “Clutch Power”. The more you support, share, or create, the higher your Clutch Power points will be, and the more badges you will earn.
Other Guidelines Changes
From time to time we may update the Project Guidelines and House Rules; here are a few other notable updates on LEGO Ideas:
What you see today on LEGO Ideas is just the beginning. Over time, we are looking forward to adding new ways for you to participate with us in co-creating LEGO products together on LEGO Ideas.
LEGO Ideas Team
I have also submitted my first project!
If you would like to support it, you can do so here: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/63480
That’s an auspicious title huh? I wouldn’t conjure his name without reason. I wanted to show you guys what I had made in honour of the greatest builder in LU:
Furthermore, these are some of the long overdue prizes! Thank you for your continuing patience, I was working on a design that I could replicate with my parts inventory and still look as I had intended. I’ve been doing lots of sorting the past few months and adding the parts to the project bag as I went, it all came together this week.
Recipients of these include: Nealybealy, MiniTheFig, Jaren, MaverickDengo and Brigs.
There will be of course more prizes than just this! I have a bit more organizing to do and then can ship everything out, I will confirm with everyone at that time their mailing addresses. All of the other wells are spoken for and I won’t be making any more. *edit: recrunched and realized I doubled on MtF so added Mav.
You can do what you want with them of course, but my request is that whenever you have a chance, put one in at a public display. If the opportunity comes up then you can mention Nine Wells, the greatest builder that no one outside of LU has probably even heard of.